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I am a firm believer that the EV has the best food scene in NY and i've made it my personal mission to try and sample as many of the great places this neighborhood has to offer as possible. I've made some decent ground on all of the well known, typically recommended places, but now i'm looking for those places that fall just below the radar but are still worth a visit. One's that aren't analyzed to death on Eater or even really mentioned much on SE or CH.

Any thoughts?

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  1. Any examples of what you're looking for?

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    1. re: kathryn

      I guess some places I've enjoyed that I feel like aren't really well known are Kafana, Anyway Cafe, Jimmy's no 43. Actually I guess Jimmy's is pretty popular but I can never stop recommending it enough. Wechsler's and Resto Leon too.

      Anywhere that is particularly amazing makes the rounds, but i'm just looking for very serviceable places where on a Friday/Saturday night you'll be able to get a table pretty quickly.

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      Resto Leon
      351 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

      Wechsler's
      120 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

      Resto
      111 E 29th St Frnt 1, New York, NY 10016

      Kafana
      116 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009

    2. Mayahuel on E 6th. It's gotten some press, but it is certainly still UTR in terms of Manhattan folks.

      I think that's because they are making nichey tequila and mezcal drinks, and serving classic Mexican street food. This is not for everyone, but is certainly for ME. Woo hoo!

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      Mayahuel
      304 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

      1. A good friend of mine seems to have similar taste as you, and keeps a list of his EV favorites here:

        http://www.kartme.com/phil/nyc-best-e...

        You might like some of them!

        1. Agreed on Jimmy's 43 as an EV sleeper pick. That place isn't just a bar, it's a community college for hedonists.

          Esperanto for a good time, food not amazing but a great scene and its cheap.

          Royale for burgers, their spot has been blown up recently though.

          Tree for a nice bistro meal, love the short ribs.

          Desnuda for wine + ceviche + truffle oil popcorn - good date spot.

          www.immaculateinfatuation.com

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          Royale
          157 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

          Desnuda
          122 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

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          1. re: iFat

            Thanks for all the recs, I haven't had the food at Mayahuel yet so i'll be sure to stop by there. Desnuda too.

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            Desnuda
            122 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

            Mayahuel
            304 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

            1. re: MinhLikesFood

              Not confident about what's over and under the radar, but I'd recommend Back Forty, Belcourt, the Ukrainian restaurant, Dirt Candy if you can enjoy creative vegetarian, Kasadela (Japanese izakaya), and recently opened Mark (sliders on St Marks). You will have to wait for a table at Back Forty on a Friday/Saturday prime time, Dirt Candy should be reserved, the others are quite doable.

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              Back Forty
              190 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

              Kasadela
              647 E 11th St, New York, NY 10009

              Belcourt
              84 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003

              Dirt Candy
              430 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

              1. re: Wilfrid

                Wilfrid, Dirt Candy reminded me of Graffiti. We need to get back to Belcourt. Simple bistro fare. Love their fried scallions.

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                Belcourt
                84 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

                Dirt Candy
                430 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

                1. re: Wilfrid

                  Completely agree with the Mark recomendation. Everyone's talking about Bill's right now but I think Mark really makes a great slider.

                  1. re: MinhLikesFood

                    People are talking about Bill's because the hype machine is working overtime.

              2. re: iFat

                i must respectfully and emphatically disagree with you on royale. went there with a party of 12 people last month. every single person thought the burgers bordered on inedible and everyone who ate the beef had stomach issues the following day. i cannot offer a stronger recommendation to avoid royale at all costs.

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                Royale
                157 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

                1. re: El Tigre

                  I can't understand why Belcourt is popular. The food was good but our waitress was incredibly rude and slow. Maybe she's new? Absolutely love Esperanto, Kasadela, Desnuda and Tree. I'll also add Kampuchea, though further South (not sure how literal people are on EV/LES)

                  I've got Jimmy's No. 43 on my wish list along with Dirt Candy!

                  http://www.StrumErika.com

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                  Belcourt
                  84 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

                  Kasadela
                  647 E 11th St, New York, NY 10009

                  Jimmy's No. 43
                  43 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

                  Desnuda
                  122 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

                  Dirt Candy
                  430 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

                  Belcourt
                  84 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003

                  Dirt Candy
                  430 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

                  1. re: foodie4life

                    I've been to Belcourt 4 times and never had a service problem. The servers don't fawn over you but they're thoroughly professional.

                    The menu is a mixed bag. The lamb burger is outstanding, as are the accompanying fries. My girlfriend swears the octopus starter is excellent. That said, a pork belly starter (since taken off the menu) wasn't particularly good. The raviolo starter (also removed from the menu) was lackluster.

                    On the positive side the wine list, which tilted towards pricey, has since been balanced by a number of attractive choices under $40.

                    It's definitely worth a visit.

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                    Belcourt
                    84 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

                  2. re: El Tigre

                    I am shocked to hear this about Royale. I have eaten there more thn 15 times and absolutely love the burgers. Perfect size and great grilles flavor. So sorry to hear of your experience. It must have been an off night because everyone I send there loves it. Sitting out in the backyard with a burger and a beer in the summer is one of my favorite nights.

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                    Royale
                    157 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

                    1. re: princeofpork

                      i had heard so many good things and was psyched to go but everything was just
                      really bad, not just the burgers but the beer tasted funny, like the hadn't cleaned the lines in a while, i didn't like the fries, and the over all intense bar vibe was just a bit much. i guess i could see the appeal (not in the food but the bar itself) for some people but i will defintely not be re-visiting .

                      on a more positive note, a place just below the EV in LES that i would highly recommend and absolutely describe as a hidden gem is Le French Diner, aka Zucco- DEE-LISCIOUS!

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                      Zucco
                      188 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

                    2. re: El Tigre

                      Wow. I've never had a bad meal at Royale! I totally suggest Casimir, Kasadela, Minca, Kafana & Luke's Lobster...

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                      Royale
                      157 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

                      Kasadela
                      647 E 11th St, New York, NY 10009

                      Kafana
                      116 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

                      Minca
                      536 E 5th St Bsmt A, New York, NY 10009

                  3. Grape and Grain, a wine and small plates spot; a bit out of the way, so not so busy that you can't generally find a table, but busy enough to be a pleasant atmosphere

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                    Grape and Grain
                    620 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009